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3 Most Likely Free-Agent Destinations for Dede Westbrook Following NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Most likely destinations for Dede Westbrook in free agency following the 2021 NFL Draft.
Most likely destinations for Dede Westbrook in free agency following the 2021 NFL Draft. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Now that the 2021 NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror, teams are turning their attention back to free agency to fill out their roster. When it comes to pass-catchers, former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Dede Westbrook is one of the more interesting names available.

The 27-year-old's 2020 NFL season was marred with injuries, including a torn ACL, that held him to just two games played. Now, Westbrook will try to prove that his injuries are a thing of the past with whichever NFL team rolls the dice with him. After all, he's managed to turn 160 career receptions in four seasons into 1,720 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.

Now that "several teams" are interested in him, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, here's a look at three of the most likely free-agent destinations for Westbrook.

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3. Detroit Lions

After losing Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones in the offseason, the Detroit Lions could use some depth. They brought wideouts Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman into the fold, but neither man is a No. 1 option. Neither is Westbrook, but at least he'd give them another pass-catching option who could be a downfield threat if his ACL has healed properly.

2. New Orleans Saints

Emmanuel Sanders left the New Orleans Saints for the Buffalo Bills during the offseason, which means the team could use another wideout to take the pressure off of Michael Thomas. The Saint didn't address this need until the seventh round of the draft when they selected South Alabama's Kawaan Baker. With his injury history, Westbrook could wind up being an inexpensive option for the Saints. It's a low-risk deal that benefits New Orleans if he ends up being a solid No. 2 or even No. 3 receiver.

1. Tennessee Titans

Aside from A.J. Brown, there aren't really any Tennessee Titans wideouts that stand out after Corey Davis departed to the Jets this offseason. The team did select Louisville WR Dez Fitzpatrick at No. 109 in the draft, but he's still an unproven talent at the NFL level. Westbrook would have a real opportunity to excel with the Titans. Without a clear-cut No. 2 WR on the roster, he'd have the chance to step up and show what his true potential is.

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